Option D certification for Repacking, Wholesale and Brokerage operations entails an annual on-site audit by a CanadaGAP®-licensed Certification Body. Requirements for repacking, wholesale and brokerage are incorporated into the CanadaGAP manuals. Users apply the requirements only from the sections of the manual that are relevant to them. The addition of requirements for repacking, wholesale and brokerage creates a seamless program for those whose operations may be vertically integrated. The availability of Option D ensures consistency in food safety requirements across the supply chain.
Repacking and Wholesale operations must develop and maintain a site-specific HACCP Plan. A generic HACCP model is available from CanadaGAP, as is guidance on creating a HACCP Plan. Brokerage operations are not required to complete this site-specific HACCP plan.
The repacking and wholesale requirements are based on the CPMA Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Program, which was technically reviewed and deemed sound by federal and provincial governments.
Annual on-site audits may be replaced by unannounced audits.
Option D certification is available for the repacking, wholesale and brokerage of all fresh fruits and vegetables except for fresh sprouts, fresh fruits and vegetables in hermetically sealed containers, and minimally processed fruits and vegetables.
Who should choose Option D?
Choose Option D if your company:
- Repacks fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Wholesales (i.e., stores) product in market ready packaging materials and does not do any packing/repacking.
- Handles (e.g., receives, sorts, grades, stores, repacks, etc.) imported product (e.g., citrus, avocado, tropical fruit, etc.).
- Repacks or wholesales other fruits and vegetables that are outside of CanadaGAP’s scope for production, packing and storage.
- Brokers fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e., arranges the transaction of product between a supplier and a buyer).
Option D involves three cost components: